Everyone looks forward to the relaxation, freedom (no school), and fun of Summer break. Having a great summer is important but being idle with your learning for an entire summer can be detrimental to your academic progress. Working with a summer tutor will only take a couple of hours per week but it can save you from months of regression when you go back to school. Let’s explore five key reasons why working with a summer tutor is the way to go.
1. Avoid Summer Brain Drain
When it comes to academics, if you don’t use it you lose it. If you’re not spending any time learning over the summer then you’re going to forget information and skills that you used during the previous school year. According to John Hopkins School of Education, most young people lose the equivalency of about two-months worth of grade level math skills over the summer months. As a result, several months of the new school year will have to be spent reviewing old material, rather than learning new grade-level material. Furthermore, you are more likely to fall behind when new material is introduced if you have lost your school mojo during the summer. Working with a tutor can help you to maintain the skills that you’ve already learned, and even give you a head start into material that you’re going to learn in the next school year.
2. Individualized Instruction
In the midst of a classroom with 20-25 other students, it’s difficult to get individualized instruction that is often so helpful. Working with a summer tutor is beneficial because you’ll get one-on-one attention and instruction that is tailored specifically for your needs. The tutor will work at your pace, around your schedule, and on subjects that you need help on. iAchieve Learning offers one-on-one tutoring with individualized instruction. To learn more about working with a summer tutor, click here.
3. Work on Areas of Struggle
Without the worries of homework and school-related stresses, Summer is the perfect time to focus on those areas of struggle that you had during the school year. Looking at difficult material with a summer tutor is an opportunity to learn new strategies to help overcome areas that you had trouble with. It makes sense to improve in trouble areas over the summer before jumping into the new school year, where there will be new skills to learn and challenges to overcome. Otherwise, old areas of struggle can cause you to fall behind as you learn new material, rather than move forward with the rest of your class.
4. Keep a Routine
It is easy to get lazy during the summer due to the lack of structure and responsibility. One of the benefits of being in school is the stability and routine that comes with a full day of school, complete with bell schedules, work, and extracurricular activities. Working with a summer tutor is a great way to keep some type of structure and increase learning while school is out. Summer tutors can give you something to focus on, as well as work to complete in a timely manner. In addition, a tutor can go over assignments in detail to make sure that you fully understand the material.
5. Diversification of Studies
During the school year, teachers have an entire curriculum to cover, standards to achieve, and tests to complete with an entire class of students; this leaves little time to cover high stakes test prep or getting ahead for the next school year. Summer tutoring does not have to focus on areas in need of improvement, it can also be a time to focus on preparation for high stakes tests like the ACT, SAT, AP tests, or various entrance exams. iAchieve Learning offers one-on-one test prep for both the ACT and SAT. To learn more about our test prep, click here.
Written by Marlee Chizhevsky
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